“A funny, imaginative look at a small Iowa town and what happens when two worlds and cultures collide, Rooville combines meditation, romance, and small-town politics into an enjoyable debut novel from Julie Long.”
—national bestseller Kamy Wicoff, author of Wishful Thinking
“A modern-day tale of Romeo and Juliet with a transcendental twist, Rooville blends fiction with factual tidbits of TM and weather phenomenon to create an enlightening and entertaining story. If you’ve ever longed to seek the truth by returning to your roots, make Rooville your new mantra!”
—Andee Reilly, author of Satisfaction
“Long has created a ‘perfect storm’ of a novel: a quirky cast of characters, a town divided, a narrative voice that is wise, witty, and warm. You’ll fall in love with Rooville.”
—Meredith Mileti, author of Aftertaste: A Novel in Five Courses
Rooville is the story of California weatherman Owen Martin, who can’t predict the atmospheric pressure he’ll encounter when he decides to return to his childhood home in Iowa, which he left after his father died. Thinking he’s moving back to the simple life his father intended for him, Owen is stunned to learn that Martinville has become a Mecca for meditators, and the mayor is scheming to turn the family farm into a New Age theme park. Making matters worse, Owen is attracted to the mayor’s levitating daughter Trishna instead of the down-to-earth girl he hand in mind. In a town where old beliefs and open minds are clashing like warm and cold fronts, Owen gets caught in a veritable tornado. In the end, he realizes that he can calm the storm and bring the town back together, but he must accept that even the simple life has its compromises and complications.
Publication Date: September 8, 2015